12 12, 2018

Make yourself redundant these holidays!

2018-12-12T12:47:48+11:0012 December, 2018|Categories: Term 4 2018, Weekly News 2018|Tags: |

The basic task of parenting, whether you have a 2-year-old, a 12-year-old or even a 22-year-old is to work yourself out of a job. There is no better time for this than during the holidays!

Holidays are a great time for parents to move closer to redundancy. Of course, we never become redundant in a relationship sense – the emotional connection between our children and ourselves is never severed and hopefully only deepened over time. In practical, physical ways however we NEED to make our children less, rather than more reliant on us.

It is easy as parents during rushed school term time […]

6 12, 2018

Technology holiday guide for parents

2018-12-06T13:24:55+11:006 December, 2018|Categories: Term 4 2018, Weekly News 2018|Tags: |

Author: Martine Oglethorpe


As holidays approach, the role that screens and devices will play becomes an increasing concern for parents. Days, when kids are usually tied up with school and activities, make way for many an idle hour and, as such, parents fear those hours will be spent largely engaged with a screen or gaming console. While there is certainly no harm in some well-balanced screen time and developmentally appropriate online activities, we must remember that, as parents, we have an important role in helping our kids manage and balance that screen time. Here are a few things we can […]

29 11, 2018

Why developing empathy in your child matters

2018-11-29T11:17:39+11:0029 November, 2018|Categories: Term 4 2018, Weekly News 2018|Tags: |

Author:  Michael Grose


Parenting is a socialisation process during which parents develop in their children and teenagers the skills and attitudes that will enable them to fit into the different groups they encounter. These groups will exist inside the classroom, in friendship groups, during sports and leisure activities and elsewhere.

This socialisation process needs to begin from a young age.

Initially, most kids believe that their world and everyone in it revolves around them. “I want” is their mantra. Patient, firm parents will continually remind children that they need to think of others. “It’s your brother’s turn.” “Nana doesn’t feel comfortable listening […]

22 11, 2018

Handling a teenager’s outbursts

2018-11-22T14:46:23+11:0022 November, 2018|Categories: Term 4 2018, Weekly News 2018|Tags: |

Author – Michael Grose


How would you respond to this parenting challenge – a teenager’s outburst?

You are a parent of a 15-year-old boy and you don’t want him to go to a Saturday night party. He puffs out his chest, curls his lip and barks: “You’re kidding. You can’t make me stay home tonight. No way!”

So how would you go? Here are some tips, that seem logical in the calm light of day, but hard to implement in the heat of the moment.

Getting cooperation from young people is easier when your relationship is strong. Relationships give parents leverage but building […]

15 11, 2018

10 Ways to be a Happier Parent

2018-11-15T13:30:45+11:0015 November, 2018|Categories: Term 4 2018, Weekly News 2018|Tags: |

Author: Jennifer Bly, author of My Kitchen, My Classroom and creator of The Deliberate Mom


Comparing yourself and your children to others will make you discontent and make your family miserable. Enjoy your family as they are and never mind what others are doing.

According to a recent survey of research on parenting and happiness (as reported by Livescience), “a happy marriage, secure bank account, and good sleep make for happy moms and dads.”

While I agree with this, the list also made me think about what else helps me enjoy my role as a parent. Here’s what I came up with:

1. […]

8 11, 2018

Developing child creativity

2018-11-08T16:14:27+11:008 November, 2018|Categories: Term 4 2018, Weekly News 2018|Tags: |

Author – BreAnna Jones


We are in a day in age where we’re measured by our achievements. And this measurement isn’t lost on our children. Society is so worried about their kids succeeding. We’re worried about test scores, learning sooner, learning faster, and achieving the most. Without a doubt, success has its place. But, is it possible that in the process of being so focused on achievement we’re forgetting all about the importance of creativity. And more importantly how to develop that creativity early in kids lives.

Don’t get me wrong I want my children to achieve and be successful just […]

2 11, 2018

Don’t let a sibling corner a market

2018-11-02T08:35:52+11:002 November, 2018|Categories: Term 4 2018, Weekly News 2018|Tags: |

Author: Michael Grose


Some kids will define themselves with a word or two. “I’m the smart/funny/dumb kid in the family.”

So when they are told by siblings that they are smart, dumb, cute etc, or just reminded through the way they are treated (e.g. by giving responsibility to responsible kids and withholding it from kids who struggle with it), they start to form their “I belong’ statement. That is “I belong in my family because I am the smart kid/the problem child/the helpful child”.

Yes, a child may struggle at school compared to their siblings but he or she may also be […]

26 10, 2018

Exposing kids to challenges helps prevent anxiety in later life

2018-10-26T08:40:15+11:0026 October, 2018|Categories: Term 4 2018, Weekly News 2018|Tags: |

Author: Michael Grose


Two important Australian studies released recently support what teachers and mental health experts have been saying for some time: that exposing kids to safe challenges in childhood promotes resilience and better mental health in later life.

The results of a study into children’s wellbeing by mental health organisation Beyondblue found young people who were able to talk about their emotions and who were exposed to failure and loss at a young age are better equipped to deal with a variety of challenges as they grow. Similarly, findings of a Macquarie University long-term study into children’s mental health found […]

19 10, 2018

Have we given up?

2018-10-19T10:07:18+11:0019 October, 2018|Categories: Term 4 2018, Weekly News 2018|Tags: |

This week we were fortunate to host Susan McLean. Widely known as the “cyber cop”, Susan is Australia’s foremost expert in the area of cyber safety and has been visiting and running workshops with our students for a number of years now.

There is no doubt that with the explosion of cyber technology, the issues of cyberbullying and sexting are emerging as the number one issue confronting the safety and wellbeing of our young people, together with associated technology including smartphones. Instant messaging, online games and social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram, today’s youth have access to and are […]

28 09, 2018

Teach kids not to jump to conclusions

2018-09-28T08:27:59+10:0028 September, 2018|Categories: Term 3 2018, Weekly News 2018|Tags: |

Many children jump to conclusions when an unpleasant situation occurs, thinking and acting impulsively rather than thinking rationally before reacting. (This is not just the domain of kids, by the way!) While these snap judgements may be justified, in reality, they are the least likely to be the right ones.

Slowing down your thinking and avoiding jumping to conclusions is a great resilience skill that can be improved with practice. As a parent, you can model this type of thinking, reciting the possibilities out loud so your kids can see how it’s done.

For example, imagine a boy walking across a schoolyard when […]